Research Essentials

Perspectives on an academic environment: a collaborative blog by Gill Clough & Rebecca Ferguson

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Entries from September 2009

Open Streetmaps

September 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Openstreetmaps is a collaborative website to which people can upload GPS traces of the public footpaths and tracks in their area. It is most definitely collaborative rather than cooperative because people are knowingly contributing their data to a shared resource. Interestingly enough, I’m pretty sure that the iPhone Geocaching application hooks into this when you […]

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Tags: by Gill · GPS

Twitter and Identity

September 21st, 2009 · No Comments

I enjoy using twitter. I enjoy reading other peoples tweets. However I had a moment’s confusion recently with Olnet. The Olnet project is now in full swing with many interesting researchers working on it in various capacities. I recently gained a follower called @olnet so I followed back. I now see discussions between people I […]

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Tags: by Gill · Olnet · twitter

Creating pilot projects with impact: Jonathan Drori

September 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Really useful presentation by Jonathan Drori at ALT-C about how to add impact to a pilot project. Questions to ask about your project include: Why is this project different from all other projects? Will more people learn better? Will this save money? Will teachers and/or students be happier? Can this be done better without technology? […]

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Tags: Conferences · Uncategorized

Doctor for 20 minutes

September 9th, 2009 · No Comments

Good news this morning although… I was expecting them the Research School to refer to it as a doctorate, not as a degree – and, surely, when you’re telling someone they’ve become a doctor, you would address them as ‘doctor’? Sadly, it was all an illusion and 20 minutes later my doctorate was swept away […]

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Tags: viva

Inching towards perfection

September 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Long-time classics, international bestsellers, your favourite novel of all time. Hand on heart, is there any one of them that has absolutely no room for improvement? Take Genesis – a grand opening but also a sprinkling of repetition and some confusing plot developments. Pride and Prejudice – a carefully worked piece, but the third daughter […]

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Tags: Reflections · technology · viva